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    With dog coats, don't go for the 'cutesy or fashionable' look. They are a waste of money and or time making them.

    He needs a simple coat. You can make one as cheap as chips. Buy a couple of metres of flanalette type material and another thicker material that is more hardy. Find a pattern (again, google is your friend) or have a look at simple coats in the pet store so you get an idea of the shape, and then sew the material together. Add a strap and a button or 2 and your done.
    Last edited by Anne; 06-16-2011 at 08:14 AM.
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    Here is a simple dog coat pattern;
    Quick coat

    There are dozens of them on the net.

    Here is a sample of a dog mat. I have seen more durable than these though as well;
    Plush Dog Mats - WaterProof

    What about this one?
    http://www.dogstobed.com.au/duro

    This is one that I would buy.

    http://www.dogbedsgalore.com.au/product/DT

    A good dog mat is expensive to buy, but it is a cost worth paying out for as it will last and your dog will be that little bit more comfortable.

    The dog bed I have just bought my dogs would be ideal for you. I have it inside though, and I have bought the extra large size so all three Pugs can sleep in it with ease. It cost me about $120 (which is cheap for a bed this size and quality!!) and it is durable, waterproof, with a removeable soft mattress, it has little walls and easy to clean. If I can find a link I'll show you what I have. I purchased it from Petbarn in Caringbah.
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    You can buy heated kennels too, but then you are up for a lot of money, they are actually heated inside the walls so the dog can't get hold of wires.
    I agree with not buying fancy dog coats. The less interesting the material and the less bows and frillies on them the less tempting they are to chew.

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    This is my dog bed. It is brilliant and very durable. I purchased the one with the furry grey fake lambswool side on the cushion. They only had them in red, but I can see that the blue/grey is much nicer.

    StayDry Range

    They're simply a briallinat bed and worth every single cent!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    This is my dog bed. It is brilliant and very durable. I purchased the one with the furry grey fake lambswool side on the cushion. They only had them in red, but I can see that the blue/grey is much nicer.

    StayDry Range

    They're simply a briallinat bed and worth every single cent!
    Those are what I have,

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    I will put my two cents in again.. i started a thred a few weeks ago about sasha howling everytime we locked her in the kitchen and laundry area and went to bed, it was warm for her, she had plenty of room to move around, she had her bed (very warm and comfy) and her water. In other words she had EVERYTHING she just didnt like it for some reason, whether it be she didnt like the areas that were given to her or she didnt like that she was on her own. We have now resorted to her going outside to sleep. We have a very large patio area which her bed is under. She now does not make a peep when she goes to bed. She does not cry or howl at all at night. she seems content. So she seems HAPPIER to sleep outside then in the warm area in the kitchen and laundry. Strange but it works for her, i put a hot water bottle in her bed outside for an hour before we go to bed and then remove it just before we go to bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Those are what I have,
    They're great aren't they!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    They're great aren't they!
    Oh yesssssssss, so good. Mine are on top of those off the ground type beds.
    They are filthy. I love that the cushions stay in place...velcro ib places.
    The dogs are catching so many mice in there (18 dead ones this morning) and they pull the beds off the other beds into a pile in the middle of the shed so they can get to the mice running behind them.

    They used to be destructive (ripped apart an old arm chair I put in there) but they have not tried to rip these.
    I DO have to get out there and empty the dirt that has accumulated under the cushions. (shed is not on a slab but the door is star posted half shut in winter and is fully open in summer)

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    Lala - thanks for the offer, but I think I'll buy a dog pillow for him from the pet store after my exams =)

    Anne - I would love to see what the dog beds look like, but I don't think the link is working.

    Anyway, here's an update! My mum has hand sewed that red vest so that it fits better with Milo's body and won't get in the way for urination. It's been 2 nights since he started wearing it, and he seems more compliant with sleeping outside with the vest on. But... he will try to take it off when he wakes up so we have to take it off as soon as he wakes up lol. He keeps dragging out my dads old jacket and has torn a bit of it already. I don't know if he doesn't like that jacket or he just likes tearing things.

    I will have a look around for dog beds after my exams and see if I can get any for a good deal.

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